Fordham Falls to Duquesne
Jan. 27, 2013
PITTSBURGH - Despite a career performance from Samantha Clark and a season-best effort from Arielle Collins, Fordham fell for the first time in Atlantic 10 play this season on Sunday, losing to Duquesne 68-50 in the Palumbo Center.
With the loss Fordham falls to 14-6 (4-1), while the Dukes improved to 16-3 (5-0).
Fordham struggled to gain its scoring touch early, not finding the bottom of the bucket until Arielle Collins sank a free throw nearly seven minutes into the game. Duquesne jumped out to an 11-0 lead during that time.
The Rams converted on their first field goal attempt when Charlotte Stoddart connected on a three-pointer to make the score 11-4 in favor of the Dukes with 11:12 remaining in the opening half.
Duquesne continued their hot hand over the rest of the half, extending their lead to 38-18 heading into the locker room.
Duquesne shot 52 percent from the floor and 67 percent from three in the first half.
Entering the game with the 14th best turnover average in the nation, the Rams had an incredibly uncharacteristic first half. Fordham had 15 turnovers in the opening stanza, 1.5 more than they averaged per game heading into Sunday. For the game, the Rams turned the ball over a season-high 23 times leading to 31 points off turnovers for the Dukes.
Fordham cut the Duquesne lead to 16, 42-26, on a Clark layup from Erin Rooney just over three minutes into the second half. But the Dukes began to pull away once again, using an 8-0 run to move ahead by 24, 50-26, not three minutes later.
Fordham cut the lead to less than 20 on two occasions over the remainder of the game, but the Dukes ended up coming out with 68-50 victory on their home floor.
Clark finished the game with a career-high 19 points for the Rams. The Neptune, N.J., native also pulled down 11 boards, securing her third double-double of the season.
Collins scored a season-high 17 points in the losing effort and tied a season-high with eight boards.
The Rams will next be in action on Saturday, February 2nd, when they host the Rams of VCU on Alumni Day in the Rose Hill Gym.